Delhi govt hikes ex-gratia for victims of riots and blasts

The Delhi government on 9 March decided to increase the ex-gratia amount paid to the bereaved families and victims of riots, communal violence, bomb blasts and any natural calamities. For the victims of riots and accidents the amount has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh.

For any serious injury the amount has been raised from Rs 50000 to Rs 1 lakh and for minor injury it has been hiked from Rs 5000 to Rs 10000. And for those who lose their family in fire or accident caused by individual or by natural calamity there has been a 100 percent hike in the amount.

The statement issued by the government said, “In case of death of a major, the amount in fire accident or in other natural calamity the ex-gratia provision has been increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh. As for minor it has been increased from Rs.50, 000 to Rs.1 lakh, if a victim is critically injured the amount provide via ex-gratia is Rs.50,000, which was earlier Rs 20,000. For minor injury the amount has gone up from Rs.1,000 to Rs.10,000.”

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who chaired the meet said that ex-gratia was hiked earlier in the year 2004 and the present increase in the amount is justified on the basis of inflation. Amount for loss due to terror attacks or communal violence or riots has been enhanced 100 percent. Special ex-gratia amount of Rs.1 lakh has been allotted for orphaned children in any kind of disaster.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 3

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